Introduction & Specifications
We have seen a rapid influx of entry-level to enthusiast-class gaming systems and hardware over the last few months. The Maingear Rush we recently evaluated targets the most demanding PC users with its twin AMD Radeon R9 295X2 (8GB DDR5) video cards, killer Intel i7-4960X processor and fast storage. Weighing in at a hefty $8,393 as configured though, the Maingear Rush might offer a ton of performance, but you've got to pay to play.
Not everyone can afford a Lamborghini of a PC gaming system, and with that in mind, Lenovo has crafted a solution that offers a considerable amount of value and performance. Meet the Lenovo Erazer x510, a mainstream gaming rig with a slick black case and convenient OneKey overclocking, among a handful of other handy features.
Priced at $1,349, the Erazer x510 is a comparable build to the Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) we recently reviewed. Is this an even better option than the similarly-priced Vanquish II, or has Lenovo missed the mark with this gaming machine? Well, that's what we plan to find out...
|Intel i7-4770K Quad-Core (3.5 GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
16 GB DDR3-1333MHz
Lenovo FRU W8S
1TB HDD 7200RPM + 8GB SSHD
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
1-Year Limited Warranty
$1,349 (as configured) - Find It At Amazon
The x510 is outfitted with a healthy processor in the Intel i7-4770K (3.5 GHz). Paired with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (2GB DDR5), this rig is capable of handling HD gaming with high image quality settings with relative ease. The x510 is also configured with a beefy 16GB of DDR3 RAM, an 8X CD/DVD-writable disc drive, and support for 7.1-channel audio. Complete with a 2TB HDD for ample storage and an 8GB SSD cache for increased performance, the Erazer x510 strikes a nice balance that should suit a wide range of users.
The stock Lenovo FRU W8S motherboard and AcBel 650W PSU are good enough to get you gaming out of the box, but we’d recommend investing in some sturdier parts to get the most out of this rig. The PSU in particular wasn't terribly impressive and would likely need upgrading if you every wanted to install a more powerful graphics card, for example.
In addition to the standard documentation, Lenovo included a great Perixx P-1100 keyboard and a gaming mouse with this system. Both peripherals are backlit and offer better performance and comfort than the usual cheap pack-ins. To get users up and running quickly, Windows 8.1 has already been installed and tweaked for the setup. A driver disk is also included, though you’ll likely want to download the newer versions once you get the PC.
Should you need it, Lenovo offers a 1-year warranty that covers replacement of the x510. With its solid construction and selection of hardware though, it's unlikely that you'll take advantage of the coverage. All of the main components used in this rig are fairly mature and have a good track record.